Acupuncture is a very ancient method of treatmentvarious kinds of diseases. This term also has a number of other names: acupuncture, acupuncture, acupuncture, reflexology. All these words denote one of the directions of traditional Chinese medicine, which is based on a certain kind of influence with the help of needles strictly in certain places - acupuncture points on the human body. There are a lot of them. The basis of this method of treatment is working with these points. Many believe that if you correctly influence them, you can not only get rid of stress, accelerate recovery or establish functional disorders in the body, but also cure a variety of diseases.
What is acupuncture?
The roots of acupuncture treatment go deeppast. The following fact is well known: more than 5 thousand years ago in China, treatment by means of pressure on acupuncture points has already been applied. At the end of time, the technique of this treatment developed. Their craftsmanship and secrets were passed on to the masters of acupuncture from generation to generation. It should also be said that the philosophical and religious teachings of Ancient China have influenced the formation of acupuncture. For example, Taoism. Between the III and VII centuries AD. this technique was the most popular among many residents of Asia. In the Western countries, acupuncture spread throughout the 20th century. But, in connection with the development of traditional medicine and modern science, this type of treatment is considered only as an alternative. Our country became acquainted with acupuncture not so long ago, only in the last century.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is usually treated when the effect ofdrug therapy does not help, or it helps in part. Usually this is due to diseases of the nerves, arthrosis, migraines, bones and joints. Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, for the treatment of impotence, with depression. This method is very popular in the fight against obesity. Influence on some acupuncture points helps to cope with headache and toothache, high and low blood pressure, coughing, fear, various osteochondrosis, frigidity, pain in the intervertebral discs and in the heart. Acupuncture points are of several types. Harmonious points are responsible for the systemic work of organs. To put in order the functions of the nervous system helps to influence the soothing points. Stimulating points help in activating the energy of the body. There are also special points. The impact on them is used in the treatment of various diseases. The following statement is based on the principle of the effect of acupuncture on human treatment. When a person falls ill, the connection between the unhealthy organ and the point responsible for this organ is broken. And if you physically act on this point, the connection between it and the diseased organ is restored and the work of the organism is normalized. The therapeutic effect of this procedure, according to experts, can manifest itself both immediately and after a while. Acupuncture points are located in 32 zones on the human body. The average person has about 1000. The most densely populated points of the body are the ears, feet, hands and scalp. Reflexotherapists use about 150 active points in their work. The most curative and effective of them are only 10. In modern clinics, along with the traditional impact on the acupuncture points with needles, they also use a laser beam, devices with thermal and magnetic effects. But this is akin to acupuncture, which is called acupressure. In this method, everything is the same as in acupuncture, with the only difference being that there are no needles. And as a consequence, the risk of bringing any infection into the body disappears. By the way, acupressure is a subject in Chinese schools. The Chinese believe that every child should be able to help himself.
Arguments for and against acupuncture
It must be said that everyone has an attitude towardsacupuncture is different. Some medical researchers claim that the effectiveness of this type of treatment is not higher than the placebo effect. That is, in simple words, this method helps as much as patients and their doctors believe in it. They insist that it is not only not as effective as treatment, but also unsafe. This acupuncture, like all invasive methods of treatment, can lead to negative effects on the body, side effects and serious complications. Among them can be called such as, for example, bleeding, bruising, pain, nerve and internal organs damage, nausea, vomiting, infectious diseases, including HIV infection. If the needle is incorrectly inserted into the skin, the involuntary spasm of muscles arises that bends it. It often happens that the needles can not just be pulled out of the skin. For extraction, you first need to produce a special ejection muscle massage around it. This procedure can be done only by a highly qualified specialist in this field, observing all sanitary and hygienic norms. Only in this case it is possible to reduce all negative consequences to a minimum. If you fall into the hands of nothing sensible in this people, posing as a specialist in acupuncture, the outcome of this procedure can be lethal. Another part claims the opposite. In some countries, acupuncture is actively used to treat a variety of diseases. Among them there are chronic, and even those that require surgical intervention. The World Health Organization recognized that acupuncture has an effective effect on the human body. In 2010, UNESCO included it in the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. However, at the moment there is not a single reliable document that would confirm that acupuncture has helped to cure cancer or from some other serious illnesses.
Contraindications to acupuncture
As with any method of treatment, acupuncture hastheir contraindications. These include: acute infectious diseases, tumors, neoplasms, severe kidney disease, heart disease, sudden weight loss, infancy, intoxication, mental illness, drug addiction, acute pain of unknown origin, after heavy physical exertion, after running, after taking hot baths water. The impact of needles is strictly prohibited to pregnant women. It is not recommended for people with fungal and viral diseases, with chronic liver diseases, hypersensitive people with increased pain threshold and nervous excitability.